This May my colleague, Valeria Molteni, and I presented The Modern Library at the Emerging Learning Design conference at Montclair State University. This is a fabulous conference for educators - there is always a great energy and wonderful conversations sparked from the presentations. Below I have links to the presentation and our bibliography of sources if you are interested in finding out more about how people are using libraries today and have in the past.
Bennet, S. (2009). Libraries and Learning: A history of paradigm change. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 9(2), 181-197.
Latimer, K. (2011). Collections to Connections: Changing spaces and new challenges in academic library buildings. Library Trends, 60(1), 112-133
Matthews, G. & Walton, G. (2014). Strategic Development of University Library Space: Widening the influence. New Library World, 115(5/ 6), 237-249.
Molteni, V.E., Goldman, C. and Oulc’hen, E. (2013). Experiences of the Student Population at an Urban University: How do they use a joint Library? portal: Libraries and the Academy, 13(3), 233-256.
Nitecki, D. (2011). Space Assessment as a Venue for Defining the Academic Library. Library Quartely, 81(1), 27-59.
Pew Research Center. Libraries. Retrieved May 17, 2015 from: http://www.pewinternet.org/topics/libraries/